Greek Drama, Truth, and Our Political Mess

For months the Trump administration has refused calls for an independent special prosecutor to investigate Russian influence in the U.S. election last November.  With Trump’s firing of James Comey yesterday, the FBI director who was investigating the matter, there is additional clamor from both sides of the aisle for a special independent investigator.

The Republican stance continues to be that this is totally unnecessary, that the investigatory capacity of the government is already in play and is quite capable for handling this issue.  But, they fail to acknowledge the obvious, that since they control all three branches of the government they have the power to readily influence any investigation, especially since now Trump can select the new director of the FBI.  To allow a special investigator to come onto the scene would be risking the presence of a perspective in their house which is not enslaved with their preconceptions, a primary one being to keep Trump and his team propped up even in light of the profound lunacy that unfolds almost daily.

Truth is in play only when openness and candor is allowed.  In fact, the Greek work for truth, alethia, is formed by the alpha privative “a” and the root word “lethia.”  “Lethia” is the stem for the term “lantern shade”, which when pulled down would block the light from radiating outward from the lantern.  The alpha-privative coupled with “lethia” tells us that truth comes when the “lantern shade” is lifted and the light can radiate, implying that the commonplace is for the lantern shade to be down and the light not allowed to radiate into the darkness.  The Greeks, introducing humankind to consciousness, realized that darkness is the routine of day to day life and that “light” only comes when some “truth-teller”, always a hero of some sort, had the courage to lift the lantern shade and tell the truth.  And, yes, at times this truth teller is even a mad man, the Shakespearean fool, or an an artist, or certainly someone who is not certainly ensconced in the collective “truth” which upon closer scrutiny is merely agreed upon dishonesty.

This is not necessarily as sinister as I’m presenting it.  This is day to day reality and allows a tribe to function.  But when the dishonesty metastasizes to the extent that it has with the Republican Party, it can produce a tragedy-in-the-flesh like Donald Trump and woe threatens us all.  But Republicans hold the power, and they are supported by a base who have pledged their support to Trump with the entirety of their soul, and the voice of our “prophets” in the field of artists, comedians, and poets can be over-ridden with the monolithic power of those who hold the reins of government.  May the Lord have mercy on us.  The Greeks in their drama would, in a case like this, would often employ a “deux ex machina” in which the play would be interrupted with a God intervening, mechanically coming down from above the stage, and resolving the dilemma of human folly.  Yes, may the Lord have mercy upon us!

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About literarylew

I am a retired mental health counselor in El Prado, NM near Taos.I have a lovely wife, Claire, and our only children are two lovely dachshunds, Elsa and Ludwig. I have a BA in history/psychology (double major) from Henderson State University and a M. Ed. in counseling from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. I have a passion for literature, religion, philosophy....and, in general, the liberal arts.
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